Martin & Joan at The Egg
The Egg in Albany has two new concerts from artists about to release new albums – imagine that. First up on Saturday, March 3, Syracuse native Martin Sexton takes the stage solo and acoustic. If you’ve already seen him, you know the singer-songwriter’s voice can go from a blues growl to a soulful croon to a gospel-tinged falsetto, often within the same song. Get a primer when his five-song EP “Fall Like Rain” drops next Tuesday.
Speaking of the blues, Joan Osborne has a CD full of blues covers due on March 27. That will give you a few days to listen before her show at The Egg on Sunday, April 1. Osborne’s breakthrough album “Relish” with its hit single “One of Us” came out 17 years ago, but she’s been working toward this one her whole career. As she puts it, she was waiting until “someday, when the time was right and my voice was ready.” About to turn 50 – gulp! – the time seems to be now.
Tickets for both go on sale Friday at 11 a.m.
“Idol” hands at Palace
In a week when “American Idol” returns to the airwaves, it seems fitting that there is news of one of its biggest alumni – if not one of its winners – is coming to town. Season five fourth-place finisher Chris Daughtry brings his band Daughtry to the Palace Theatre in Albany on April 28, in support of their current release, “Break the Spell,” and the Malaria No More foundation. Get tickets beginning Saturday, Jan. 28.
The wolf survives
The wolves are coming to town. If that town is North Adams, Mass. Los Lobos, who dubbed themselves “Just Another Band from East L.A.,” have been anything but, performing their trademark blend of roots rock, Tex Mex, R&B and more for nearly 40 years. And that includes the band’s most recent CD, last year’s “Tin Can Trust.” Catch them at MASS MoCA on Thursday, April 5.
Langhorne and Lee
Alternative indie-Americana singer-songwriter Langhorne Slim folks it up at Valentine’s in Albany on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The Pennsylvania native hasn’t had a new album since 2009, but he is taking pledges on his website for donations to fund his new recording.First Thurston Moore announces a show at Club Helsinki for next week, now his Sonic Youth co-founder Lee Ranaldo has his own gig at Valentine’s scheduled for Wednesday, April 18. And a new album on the way, “Between the Times & the Tides.” Special guests include Disappears and Lotus Plaza.
En Vogue en route
Free your mind and the rest will follow you to Vapor Night Club at the Saratoga Casino and Raceway in Saratoga Springs for a show with 90s R&B quartet tunred trio En Vogue. But you’re never gonna get it, a ticket that is, unless you hurry; the show is on Thursday, Feb. 2.
Who’s got the Budden?
Joe Budden is a rapper who deserves special merit. No, we’re not talking about his mic skills, but rather his decision to keep his real, normal, everyday name as his stage one. The Jersey City artist overcame a troubled youth to find success with his street-wise mix tapes, in the wake of 50 Cent’s similar rise to the top. He’ll be at Northern Lights in Clifton Park on Friday, Jan. 27, along with DJ Playground, Austin, Eli McFly, Pnal (A.O.N.), A.M.J. and Gonzo (likely not the Muppet).
Seeger sessions, times 2
Folk singing half-siblings – and let’s face it, living legends – Peggy Seeger and Pete Seeger are appearing at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock in a benefit for the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild on Saturday, March 17. Folk superstar Pete is a household name, but Peggy was destined for greatness, too: Her mother Ruth Crawford Seeger was an influential composer and folklorist and the first woman ever awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship Award for Music; her father Charles Louis Seeger was a pioneering ethnomusicologist and the inventor of the melograph, an electronic musical notation instrument.
Jillian’s gets Filter-ed
Call them industrial, call them alternative, call them post-grunge or just call them Filter. The group, formed in the early 1990s by a member of Nine Inch Nails’ touring band, hit it big with the MTV and radio hits “Hey Man, Nice Shot” and “Take a Picture.” Catch them at Jillian’s in Albany on Tuesday, March 6.